It’s that time of year when the air starts to gather a chill and the holidays are upon us. This is also a quilter’s busy season! It seems like a good time to share some cool, winter quilts—here are some of our favorite chilly designs. Grab a mug of something warm and tasty and enjoy! Oh! And, if you’re not in the mood/don’t have the time/looking for instant gratification, we’ve included a couple of small quilting projects, too.
Above quilt: Blue Delight by Angie Milligan
This is the perfect quilt for the quilter who wants to expand their piecing skills and display a gorgeous quilt all winter long! The blocks in Scott’s Snowflake Star quilt vary only slightly in piecing but significantly in color and the alternating quilt block placement creates the effect of large stars set in a lattice of crisp blue and white; the perfect winter setting. Scott added in crisp batiks, but they’re easily swapped out with fabrics of your choosing—try a pop of purple, perhaps!
Snowflakes looks complex, but foundation paper piecing makes this winter quilt a breeze to sew. Crystal snowflakes glisten on this 65½” x 75″ throw or lap quilt—it’s fun for the holidays, but you can break it out early to enjoy all winter long.
If the traditional red and green Christmas palette isn’t your thing, consider Diane Tomlinson’s holiday quilt, Catching Snowflakes, finished in a lovely combination of muted prints. The two simple quilt blocks in this throw-size quilt are perfectly suited for these calm and peaceful colorways.
Snowmen in the Woods features easy appliqué and simple foundations. Each charming snowman is a one-of-a-kind creation nestled among the trees, just like ones we make outside on special snowy days at home. Patterned in two sizes—crib or wall quilt (37″ x 46″) and lap or throw quilt (58″ x 73″)—this project can adorn your walls or keep you warm during the chilly, holiday season. As a bonus, you’ll find appliqué accessories for a stylish snowlady in the quilt pattern!
Here’s something you may have noticed: a quilt with red in it does not necessarily feel “cool.” Red is a warm, fiery color! Wendy Sheppard created the ideal holiday quilt design with Santa Crossing! The design is made of snowflakes, sleigh runs and twinkling stars, perfect for a planned and scrappy selection of holiday fabrics. Plus, the pops of red help with that warm, cozy feeling.
We love Winter Critters by Sonja Callaghan is wonderfully whimsical! It’s foundation-pieced to create those crisp, clean lines, and adds quite a bit of fun to your holiday décor! Utilize your stash by assembling your favorite tone-on-tones when you create these adorable critters in a winter quilt.
Dakota Snowstorm gives you the chills, doesn’t it? Bright blues on a crisp white background really tell a wintery story. Jodi Crowell mixed two classic quilt blocks to create this stunning monochrome quilt. Don’t worry, though! You’ll stay extra warm in this double-size winter quilt.
This is for the ambitious quilter, but finishing this beauty is like giving yourself a gift! Midnight Snowfall by Brenda Sutter isn’t as hard as it looks—intermediate quilters are a good skill level match for this king-size stunner. Make unique Dresden plate snowflakes with wedges in three different sizes and add smaller appliqué or embroidery snowflakes for a visual boost. And, if you’re wondering how you might finish this quilt, we’ve included quilting motifs and a diagram to inspire you.
Not feeling like diving head first into a big project? These White Christmas Mini Mats are quick, fun, and adorable. Here’s what makes them fun: just like snowflakes, no two of these wintery mini mats are alike.
Another quick project! Here’s a little twist on those paper snowflakes we made as kids… These fabric snowflake coasters are made using freezer paper stencils and painting on fabric and we have the directions and materials list available to you on our website. Make sure to get your free instructions for the Let it Snow Snowflake Coasters By Elin Waterston. Try something new this winter!
Wherever you are, stay warm!